CSU’s 2022 graduates celebrate achievements at in-person ceremonies

If you take a stroll through Colorado State University’s campus between now and Sunday, it’s impossible not to know what weekend it is.

Between the students taking pictures in caps and gowns in front of their respective college buildings, those popping champagne during picnics in the Oval, and the friends and families gushing with pride, it’s evident graduation season at CSU has arrived.

Twelve ceremonies this weekend will celebrate nearly 6,000 graduates from Colorado State’s undergraduate, graduate and Professional Veterinary Medicine programs, marking significant achievements in graduates’ lives.

“Commencement ceremonies remind us that there is a profound legacy to which we are all connected as CSU Rams,” Provost and Executive Vice President Mary Pedersen said in a university news release. “ … Our graduating students will forever be part of CSU’s legacy and history, and they should take enormous pride in that.”

Abdullah Asiri is bestowed his doctorate in civil engineering during a commencement exercise at Moby Arena on Friday.  Nearly 6,000 students were expected to graduate from CSU undergraduate, graduate and Professional Veterinary Medicine programs during the weekend's ceremonies.

Graduates this year persisted through a unique period of learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic, facing challenges classes before they hadn’t.

But thanks to declining case numbers and CSU’s strong response to COVID-19, classes returned to normal for much of this year, and these graduates — unlike last year’s — will celebrate their milestone with a traditional ceremony. CSU had a mask mandate in place for much of this school year and required students and staff to be vaccinated and boosted against COVID.

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